I'm taking a trip in late October and to get back home I plan on taking the Capitol Limited from CHI to WAS and then the 178 Northeast Regional from WAS to PHL where I can take a bus back to Wilkes-Barre. However, I notice that, according to the Amtrak app, the CL is often late, sometimes missing the 178. I also know from experience that the NER can be late. I would have about an hour between the 178 arriving in PHL and the arrival of the bus at 6:45, which is the last bus of the night on weeknights, except for Friday. I'm traveling on a Tuesday.
With all these observations in mind, I'm considering an alternate plan where I stay overnight in Baltimore instead of going to PHL. There's a hotel I stayed at back in July that has a really good rate. This way, I'll be about halfway to PHL and will have plenty of AM train options for getting to PHL in time for the Wilkes-Barre bus which leaves at 11:45 AM. I would be arriving in WAS on a Tuesday, so I know all the MARC trains will be running. I notice that Camden Station is only two light rail stops away from the hotel in Baltimore. I looked up MARC's luggage policy and it seems like luggage is allowed, but i'm not sure. I will only be bringing one carry-on sized suitcase and a small carry-on bag. Would this be allowed on MARC or should I use Amtrak instead? Anybody here ever ride any of the MARC lines with carry-on luggage?